Last week, we saw the unknown Cameron Davis record a top 15 finish in his first PGA Tour event. Who is going to make a name for themselves this week? That's actually a very good question. Sea Island is home to many players in the field (whether they actually live there or just train there). I’m going to be stocking up on local players as course knowledge should pay dividends at one of the most low-scoring events you might see all year. With that being said, here are my picks:
Trey Mullinax $6,900
Mullinax trains at Sea Island and continues to impress me with his length and ability to make birdies. The Sea Island courses have wide enough fairways so Mullinax can take advantage of his length on a short course. He recorded a top 25 here last year and has made 5 out of 6 cuts this fall (missed cut by 1 last week). He's averaged almost 4.5 birdies per round this year. Look for him to finish in the top 20 this week and make a ton of birdies which will more than pay off his $6,900 salary.
Patton Kizzire $7,800
Kizzire, the Sea Island resident, has been struggling as of late missing his last two cuts. Kizzire’s struggles have been due to ball striking, but with an easy course this week, I look for him to be able to scramble his way around and put together a good finish. He is one of the best putters on Tour and that will be a key statistic this week as this event often ends up being a putting contest due to the lack of difficulty from tee to green. Kizzire is the type of pick who will go under the radar to the general public due to his recent play, but once you consider everything (including his price) he could be of great value this week.
Stewart Cink $6,900
You are probably wondering why I would put a washed up veteran like Cink in this article? Well, let me tell you why... Cink is fresh off of two top 15 finishes at the Shriners and Mayakoba in which he recorded a whopping 47 birdies and two eagles (that's making birdie or better on more than 33% of his holes played in his last two events). That birdie barrage from Cink should continue this week as the courses at Sea Island are just waiting to be demolished with birdies. Cink has terrible course history with no top 30s over the past 5 years here, but that stat is misleading as Cink was playing terrible during most of those years and he is familiar with the course as he trains at Sea Island. I look for him to be a low owned option this week that could make (and hopefully not break) your lineup.
Well, let’s continue the theme of local players for these picks as well:
Johnson is a Sea Island resident and his game suits this course as it is short and places an emphasis on putting. Johnson will be a contrarian pick this week since most people will save him for the John Deere or Colonial.
Swafford, another resident at Sea Island, is ready to break through and get his first victory. No better place to win than at a course that he is very familiar with.
Fresh off his first MC in what seems an eternity, look for the rested English to perform well at a course that he is very familiar with. English ranks in the top 20 in putting this year which bodes well for this week.